HOLLIDAYSBURG — Upon winning four of the first five bouts Tuesday against Hollidaysburg to build a 22-3 advantage, the Punxsy junior-high wrestling team surged toward a 57-23 victory on the road.
"We had another nice win tonight. The kids wrestled pretty well, and we saw a lot of nice things out there," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "Intensity was good, and they got the job done even with a couple of starters — Matt Burke and Darin James — out of the lineup due to illness."
Punxsy (3-1) never trailed during the match, as Kaleb Young (9-0) and Johnathon Koper (2-3) each earned victories by fall to start the night. Once Jaydon Grusky (7-0) and Perry Arrington (8-1) followed Stephanie Smith's (4-4) 7-4 decision loss with a pair of wins, the Chucks were ahead 22-3.
Hollidaysburg worked its way back into the match with a pair of victories over Logan Rend (4-5) and Jeff Bottenhorn (3-6) before Punxsy won seven of the remaining eight bouts wrestled on the mat.
Keegan Fischer (8-1) continued a quality start to his season with a victory by fall, and Travis Perry (5-3) followed with the same outcome. At 210 pounds, Troy Peace (8-2) registered a win by pin during the first period before two no contests and two forfeits — one for each school — followed.
The Chucks were ahead 46-23 when Eli Lambiotte (5-3), Andrew Bullers (4-4) and Ryan Jones (5-4) each finished the night with victories.
Lambiotte earned a 10-2 major decision win, Bullers' victory was by a 6-2 decision, and Jones pitched the shutout by downing his opponent by a 13-0 major decision.
Zoie Smith (5-4) won by forfeit, and Punxsy's other loss came from Austin Covatch (2-8), who was pinned.
The Chucks forfeited 85 pounds, and both 250 and 80 pounds were no contests.
During a trio of exhibition matches, Tristen Herndon and Connor Rees each won by fall, and Jared Weber was pinned.
Punxsy will continue its busy week by hosting Curwensville at 6 p.m. tonight. The Chucks will then head to the Brookville tournament, which takes place Friday and Saturday.
"This is a big week for us with two duals and a big tournament Friday and Saturday," Burke said. "It's nice to see them continue to improve."